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Category Archives: Supply Chain Systems

  1. At a recent meeting I attended, several members of a quality team noted that suppliers sharing process capability data from their line would provide enormous benefit. Emerging real-time quality data systems being deployed by companies will improve the exchange of information between suppliers and Quality personnel, especially around inspection reports.  One area that has not […]

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  2. Recent articles in the New York Times and in the International Business Times highlight the emerging role of blockchain as a key enabler of improved integration between parties in the extended global supply chain.  For instance, IBM and WalMart are partnering to begin tracking The blockchain — the buzzy, bewildering technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin — […]

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  3. On the second day of our executive focus group on the LIVING Supply Chain, the group took the opportunity to share insights regarding the emerging trends in the future of supply chains, with a focus on digitization, development of analytics and a focus on emerging technologies. The executives spent a good amount of time emphasizing the importance […]

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  4. Contract management analytics are critical for tracking transactional compliance with contract pricing, terms and conditions, but also as a vehicle for workflow management around negotiation of contract renewals, and aggregation of supplier performance data on service level agreements, delivery, quality, and service performance. Transactional data must be rolled up to ensure suppliers are providing the requisite […]

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  5. I had the opportunity to attend a number of exciting events on procurement analytics in the last month.   First, I attended a CAPS Research event in RTP on Procurement Analytics, held right down the road at IBM headquarters.  Next, I attended a second CAPS Research Roundtable held in Tempe, AZ. Finally, I attended an […]

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  6. I had the opportunity to hear George Moakley, formerly the Enterprise Architect and Strategic Planner at Intel, who is now one of the founders of the new Intelligence at the Edge for Supply Chain Lab at Arizona State University.  George spoke to a group of executives at the CAPS Roundtable at IBM in RTP a […]

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  7. I had the opportunity to spend some time at IBM’s Research Triangle Park facility, (the actual hosting site for the Watson computer) this past week.  IBM hosted a roundtable for the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies, with executives from P&G, US Steel, CB&I, Mastercard, and others attending.  In that session, Dan Carrell from IBM shared […]

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  8. Many of the systems that we have designed to deal with financial accountability in the supply chain, are in my opinion not only cumbersome, but in many cases, create more complexity that in the end reduces transaction visibility and flow. This in turn even further “muddies the waters” and works against financial transparency, and hence accountability. […]

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  9. The December 2015 SCRC meeting was held this week in the brand spanking new Talley Student Center, and was a resounding success.  We had over 200 people attend the student poster sessions on Monday, and almost 130 executives, students, and faculty attending the fantastic sessions on Tuesday. After highlighting some of the results from the […]

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  10. I have been interviewing a number of CPO’s on the subject of procurement analytics and predictive analytics.  In this discussion, an issue that frequently comes up is the debate over spend analytics and contract management systems. For organizations in the early stages of procurement transformation, which ones are more critical.  And how important are systems […]

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  11. A senior executive from a large global manufacturer came to speak in my MBA class this week, and discussed the major shifts in global business that was occurring due to the emergence of omni-channel capabilities in the supply chain.  His insights and presence were most appreciated by everyone, especially given the snowfall we were experiencing […]

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  12. As organizations seek to drive supply chain integration across global business units and markets, billions of dollars have been invested in massive systems known as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. ERP systems are generally thought of as large systems with transaction processing and data structure capabilities that promote intra-organizational communication.   ERP systems are deemed to be a critical […]

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  13. The leading IT magazine, CIO Review,  today published a special issue on supply chain transformation, and included an article I wrote on spend management as a core capability. Rather than striving for “perfect data” in all supply chain systems, my research suggests that primary efforts should be focused on the most fundamental yet most critical form […]

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  14. Jay Golden from Duke University and I have been working on a study of the biobased economy…. Throughout human history agriculture been used for non-food purposes including energy, clothing, shelter, medicines and every day human needs. With the industrial revolution, man was able to achieve great scientific and technological advances were available through the utilization […]

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  15. I had the privilege of leading a session at the Winter Symposium of the International Institute of Analytics, with a host of great companies discussing how companies are embedding hardware into products and trying to drive improved supply chain performance in their products.  The topics ranged on a variety of areas, but focused on several […]

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  16. 2013 has certainly been an interesting year!   I’ve had the good fortune to be presented with opportunities for compelling discussions with a significant group of leading thinkers, senior executives in procurement, logistics, and technology management over this past year.  I also worked with a team of leading thinkers in developing the Future of Procurement Report […]

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  17. Ken Torok came to my class on Monday evening, and provided a delightful discussion on total cost of ownership.  The class was focused on building and developing cost models, both for should-cost modeling, as well as total cost modeling.  After providing an introduction to the concept of TCO, I introduced Ken to the class.  This […]

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  18. I had the opportunity to participate in the BVL International Logistics Congress in Berlin Germany this week.  There was a great deal of discussion regarding expectations for the global economy, as well as the outlook for logistics management.  In general, the expectation is above average with an upward trend and an expansive sector predicting more […]

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  19. In the September issue of the Supply Chain Management Review, Andreas Wieland from Berlin Technical University and I have published a thoughtpiece on the application of social responsible criteria to the supply chain. As we discussed this concept, it became clear that three key elements lay at the foundation of creation of social responsibility when […]

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  20. Logistics complexity – in the form of fragmented channels, increased product variations, and consumer demand for customized solutions – has been increasing, according to a global study published recently by BVL International, a worldwide supply chain and logistics membership organization. “Several trends identified in the study demonstrate that a number of major challenges lie ahead as […]

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  21. At the BVL conference, I had the opportunity to speak to the group, and provide them with an overview of the insights and trends from the global logistics study that is currently underway. I also had the opportunity to introduce Dr. Michael Seuss, CEO of the Energy Sector for Siemens AG, and Member of their […]

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  22. Today’s global logistics environment is characterized by increasing complexity and a much greater number of parameters shaping the logistics environment. The speed of trends is breathtaking and increasingly complicated – and there is a need for the public sector to provide greater levels of support to facilitate economic growth. One of the immediate implications is […]

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  23. This summer we kicked off a new research project being sponsored by for BVL International entitled “Trends and Strategies in SCM/Logistics”.  BVL International is a non-profit neutral platform to promote an awareness logistics and supply chain management in industry, science and the public sphere, to systematically document logistical problem definitions, and to develop methods and […]

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  24. In today’s cost-cutting environment, many procurement and category management teams are sharpening their pencils and looking at ways to reduce indirect spend in areas such as printing, document management, and paper.  In addition, the push to become more sustainable is also driving people to think about printing less, and saving trees.  These two distinct elements […]

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  25. I recently spoke with Todd Taylor from Apptivo, who is writing a book on IT technology management.  Apptivo provides IT business technology management, and is focused on transparency of IT application usage.  Todd is also affiliated with the CIO Technology Council, and is writing  book on current trends in IT.  He notes that CIO’s are […]

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